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Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
The Eponymous Flower: (Madrid) Pope’s confidant as a censor? Madrid Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra forbade Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the faith of the Catholic Church, to present his latest book “Informe sobre la esperanza” (State of Hope) at the Catholic University of San Dámaso present in Madrid. The reasoning? Because it was “a book against the pope.” Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Today, 28 April, an important exclusive interview with a well-known Catholic philosopher has been published in Germany. The important statements of Professor Robert Spaemann might well indicate that the wind is turning now against the “Francis Revolution”. Read his sobering critique here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
CNA: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
National Catholic Reporter, Editor’s note: Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds “to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” Küng declined to show the letter to NCR, citing “the confidentiality that I owe to the Pope,” but he says the letter was dated March 20 and sent … More →
1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Bishop Schneider quotes Pope John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio (FC) on this matter, which states that such couples “are unable to be admitted thereto, since their state and their condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church signified and effected by the Eucharist. There is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful … More →
1Peter5: Maike Hickson: The German cardinal [Kasper] recounts how he once told Pope Francis about a priest whom he knew who had decided not to forbid a “remarried” mother to receive Holy Communion on the day of the First Holy Communion of her daughter. Cardinal Kasper himself concurred with that priest’s decision, saying: “That priest was fully right.” About his further conversation with the pope, he … More →
Vatican Insider: Francis welcomed Fr. Ernest Simoni – the Albanian priest who spent 28 years behind bars – by kissing his hands. A moved Pope had embraced the man on 21 September 2014 in Tirana, after listening to the account of his persecution. “Fr. Ernest was subjected to 11,000 days of torture and forced labour,” says Mimmo Muolo, a journalist who writes for Italian Catholic newspaper … More →
CNA: Pope Francis has spoken frequently during his papacy on modern-day martyrs. On April 7, the Pope called martyrs “the lifeblood of the Church.” “It is the witness of our martyrs of today – so many! – chased out of their homeland, driven away, having their throats cut, persecuted: they have the courage to confess Jesus even to the point of death,” he said. Full report … More →
UCANews: “We will protect the sanctity of Holy Prophet at every cost and will not sit idle if Asia Bibi Masih is freed,” Pakistan Sunni Tehreek said in a statement read out at all rally sites. “The whole nation will take to the streets … if any blasphemer was sent abroad,” the group warned. If Bibi wins her appeal it is expected she will be forced … More →
AsiaNews: Father Yang Jianwei, parish pastor of Anzhuang, Baoding diocese (Hebei), was found missing at a driving test venue since noon of April 15. His whereabouts and reason for missing are not known. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Notice the word sacraments is in the plural. 1Peter5: Today on the plane press conference on the way back to Rome from Greece, Pope Francis was asked a very direct question about the exhortation*: More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Catholic Culture: Accusing the local bishop of complicity with historic oppression, militants from the indigenous Mapuche people burned down a church in Cañete, Chile, on April 12. More here with links. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
LifeSiteNews: Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL), was finally been released on Friday, April 8, 2016. A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of this lengthy document will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is quietly introducing revolutionary … More →
Our friend Maike Hickson has a wonderful piece at 1 Peter 5 on the post-synodal exhortation, featuring brief write-ups from these five experts: Father Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., Professor Roberto de Mattei, Dr. Sandro Magister, Marco Tosatti, and Mathias von Gersdorff. It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican … More →
www.chiesa, Sandro Magister: In presenting the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Lætitia” today, in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica” – promptly released in conjunction with the publication of the papal document – Fr. Spadaro shows no hesitation in declaring that prophecy to have been fulfilled. Francis – he writes confidently – has removed all the “limits” of the past, even in “sacramental discipline,” for “so-called … More →